Photo by Chris Hornbecker
with China Forbes
Drawing inspiration from music all over the world, crossing genres of classical, jazz and pop, and featuring a dozen musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with more than 50 symphony orchestras around the world, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Sydney Symphony and the BBC Concert Orchestra. The band has collaborated and performed with numerous artists, including Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing, Jane Powell, Rufus Wainwright and many more. Pink Martini just released its ninth studio album, Je dis oui!, which features vocals from China Forbes, Storm Large, Ari Shapiro, fashion guru Ikram Goldman, civil rights activist Kathleen Saadat and Rufus Wainwright. The album is the band’s happiest in years; it features 15 tracks spanning eight languages (French, Farsi, Armenian, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish, Xhosa, and English), and affirms the band’s 22-year history of global inclusivity and collaborative spirit.